Somatic Therapy Training

  • The Sentinel The Sentinel
  • Kaslo, BC, Canada
  • Sep 22 - 28, 2019 (7 days)
  • $2,800.00 - Tuition (cash due on arrival/day 1, less deposit) $1,860.00 - Accommodation and Meals

About This Event

Somatic Therapy Training Ahimsa Community of Therapeutic Practice (ACTP). Trauma Resolution and Relational Repair

This is a 2-part workshop taught in two 6-day modules, participants must attend both modules. Sept. 22 – 28th 2019  &  October 27th – November 2nd 2019

With the foundation of somatic therapy teachings supporting each class, the student will learn: 

Creating safety, set and setting, holding the container

Negotiating and providing safe touch

Repairing boundary violations

Working with implicit imprints, including preverbal imprints

Treating Complex trauma – layer by layer approach to resolving attachment, developmental, and shock trauma complexes

Relational Repair

Learning Objectives:

6 Essential Competencies of Therapists (Phelps, 2017)

Ethics and safety

Attunement, resonance and entrainment

Attitudes that foster empathic abiding presence

Cultivating non-judgment

Empathic listening

Building resource and resilience

Therapeutic use of music

Non-directive therapy – allowing the inner healer to lead

Working with shame

New information – working with implicit imprints and the biology of neural patterning

Working with transference and using corrective experiences to re-pattern belief systems and implicit expectations

The body: movement, safe touch and containment

Polyvagal theory

Resolving fight, flight and freeze/shutdown: repairing the survival biology

Relational repair

Resolving fear

Working as a co-therapy team

Integration and ongoing support

Application Process: If you feel the called to this work and these workshops, please download and fill out this application form and send it to (contact info blocked). Once your application has been reviewed, and you have been accepted into the course, you can then send a $500 e-transfer as a non-refundable deposit to secure your spot in the workshop. 

Location:  The Sentinel Retreat Centre, (contact info blocked)  near Kaslo BC.  All of the meals, from dinner on the first day, to lunch on the last day are provided.  All bedding and towels are provided.

Due to the in-depth experiential nature of the work we require that all participants commit to staying at the retreat centre from check-in of the first day morning to 1:00pm on the last afternoon. Arrival and check-in times for both retreats is between 3:00-5:00pm on the first day.  Both courses end at 1:00pm on the last day after lunch.

The closest airport to the retreat centre is in Castlegar BC.  There is a shuttle from Castlegar airport that will bring you to Nelson (called Queen City Shuttle).  From Nelson we will pick you up and shuttle you to the retreat centre. Please contact us for carpooling and transportation options.

Please download and fill out this application form and send it to (contact info blocked) to begin application process.

The retreat centre is warm, the rooms are lovely, the food and staff was great and the setting was soothing


Venue Highlights

The Sentinel is proud to be located on the shores of Kootenay lake with views of the stunning and powerful Purcell mountains. 180 º views from our Maloca a timber frame roundhouse where all our retreats and gatherings are held. We have breakout rooms and bodywork services such as acupuncture, reiki and massage available on site. Onsite gardens serve up the goodness we serve all our guests and the cedar hot tub and sauna are the perfect way to end your day in solitude or with friends.


All our kings and shared twin rooms have stunning views of the lake and mountains like this one! Weather you are in a private luxurious king room or a shared twin, all our accommodation is clean and modern. Your ensuite has heated floors, a rain shower and amenities for your comfort. Fluffy white towels and crisp linens are waiting for you as you check into your room so you can relax and refresh.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We offer an array of colourful, nourishing and well-balanced meals lovingly made by professional chefs and consciously sourced from our organic, on-property garden.
FARM TO TABLE The Sentinel produces its own organic fruits and vegetables which are supplemented by local organic gardens.
The earth is our foundation for health – we know that the tomato on your plate was planted and nourished to its full potential by us.

LOCALLY SOURCED Meats are free range organic and prepared from our own suppliers, honey is from local bee keepers and vegetables are from our garden and local providers. Experience the connection while walking through our gardens.

MADE WITH LOVE Our most important ingredient is the love of those that have grown and prepared your meal – so your body can be nourished and be able do the work that is needed to be done on the planet.


BREAKFAST: Our signature “This is not oatmeal” combinations of nature’s wellness berries including chia and goji berries –sesame seeds and dried fruits. Gluten-free. Farm fresh eggs of the day, served with freshly picked greens and herbs
Organic yogurts and honey & Applesauce muffins & Freshly baked bread every day

LUNCH: Fresh mixed garden salad, Quinoa lasagna with marinara sauce with Russian garlic and truffle oil

DINNER: Chicken Ancho (a specialty from our friends in Mexico) with roasted root vegetables & mixed grain salad OR our signature vegan curry with Sentinel garden pumpkin

TREATS: Peach cobbler


When you see this sign you have arrived!
We are 50 minutes from Nelson BC and 15 minutes from Ainsworth Hot Spring & 7 minutes from Kaslo.

You can drive here from Vancouver in 9 hours and from Calgary in 8, these drives are beautiful in the summer time and especially if you are coming with a friend! Alternatively we are just a short 1 hour flight from either of these major cities, the closest airport is the Castlegar airport, which is 1.5 hours from our door!

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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